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Bristol sustainable energy research fund conference

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Presenting findings from Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund projects, exploring public engagement & involvement in the energy system.

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It is increasingly recognised that the process of transforming the UK energy system will require increased public engagement and involvement in order to realise the fundamental changes that are needed in the way society produces and consumes energy.

So what does collective public participation in the energy system look like? What forms does this participation take? Who is listened to or marginalised? And how can disadvantaged groups be given a voice and a stake in their energy futures?

The Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund supports research projects which contribute to the development of a more sustainable, equitable and democratically accountable energy system in the South West of England.

Research from the inaugural round of projects has now been completed, and we would be delighted to welcome interested stakeholders to this event to share outcomes, and explore future pertinent research topics collectively.

Findings from the first round of research projects will be presented by Dr Elaine Forde, Lecturer at the Morgan Academy, Swansea University and Dr Jake Barnes, Researcher in Low Carbon Heat Policy, Oxford University.

Dr Jake Barnes' research - Energy Publics: mapping public participation in Bristol's energy transition - mapped energy participation in the West of England area between 2015-17, analysing the resulting data using a whole-systems approach.

The results will help inform future public engagement work in energy and help foster more responsive forms of local energy governance.

Dr Elaine Forde’s research - Fuel Stories: A community energy engagement model - sought to develop a model for community engagement to involve marginal or disadvantaged groups in locally-owned community energy projects.

Based on a series of engagement workshops in disadvantaged areas to encourage people to talk about their relationship to energy and to share their own 'fuel stories'.

The engagement workshops used visual elicitation techniques with the aim of creating an expressive space where people could reflect on how energy has shaped their lives.

The Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund is funded by Bristol Energy Cooperative and Centre for Sustainable Energy.

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17.30 - 17.45: Welcome, Tea & Coffee

17.45 - 18.30: Fuel Stories: A community energy engagement model, Dr. Elaine Forde

18.30 - 19.15: Energy Publics: mapping public participation in Bristol's energy transition, Dr. Jake Barnes

19.15 - 19.45: Panel Discussion, Q&A

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Read more about the funded research projects here.

Energy Publics: mapping public participation in Bristol's energy transition - Dr. Jake Barnes, Researcher in Low Carbon Heat Policy, Oxford University

Transforming the UK's energy system is said to require the increased engagement and involvement of 'the public’. Meanwhile, contemporary public participation in the energy system is thought to be diverse and continually evolving, making it hard to pin down, understand and act upon. Nowhere is this apparent contradiction (and challenge!) felt more sharply perhaps, than in the Bristol region.

As a first step in understanding and acting on regional energy participation, this project asked: how and where is energy participation occurring in the West of England? Using an exploratory and experimental approach the project subsequently mapped regional energy participation (between 2015-17) and analysed the resulting data in a search for key patterns and trends. The results will help inform future public engagement work on energy and help foster more responsible forms of local energy governance.

Fuel Stories: a community energy engagement model - Dr. Elaine Forde, Lecturer at the Morgan Academy, Swansea University

This research sought to develop a model for community engagement to involve marginal or disadvantaged groups in locally-owned community energy projects. Based on a series of engagement workshops in disadvantaged areas to encourage people to talk about their relationship to energy and to share their own 'fuel stories'. The engagement workshops will use visual elicitation techniques with the aim of creating an expressive space where people can reflect on how energy has shaped their lives.

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